Joss Whedon explains why S.H.I.E.L.D. will be unlike any other TV show. Plus New Peter Dinklage X-Men Speculation!

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Check out an Iron Man 3 villain in a brand new poster. David Fincher is still having trouble making 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Rachel Nichols discusses time travel in Continuum. Plus G.I. Joe and Sin City sequel updates!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Oz the Great and Powerful.

Iron Man 3

Illustration for article titled Joss Whedon explains why S.H.I.E.L.D. will be unlike any other TV show. Plus New Peter Dinklage X-Men Speculation!

Here's a new poster featuring Memento star Guy Pearce as villainous inventor Aldrich Killian. [/Film]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Nothing is official yet beyond the fact that Peter Dinklage will indeed be in the next X-Men movie, but there's now a rumor about exactly which character the Game of Thrones star will play. One inside source — so grains of salt automatically at the ready — says Dinklage will play Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinel robots. Considering the Sentinels' key part in the Days of Future Past comics storyline, Trask is a natural inclusion — although it's a little weird when you consider legendary genre actor Bill Duke already played the part in X-Men: The Last Stand, and he and Dinklage aren't exactly noted for their resemblance. While Days of Future Past is thought to keep continuity with the previous X-Men movies, I'm guessing director Bryan Singer is somewhat less committed to maintaining the sanctity of Brett Ratner's contribution to the franchise. Anyway, approach this all with utmost skepticism until we hear something official, especially since Bryan Singer hasn't been particularly secretive about the project so far. [Comic Book Movie]

Oz the Great and Powerful

Here's another clip from Sam Raimi and James Franco's Wizard of Oz prequel.

This is such a fundamental spoiler that I'll just link to it, but if you want to know which of the three witches in the film — played by Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis — turns out to be the evil one, go here.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

David Fincher is still reportedly trying to get his adaptation of the Jules Verne novel off the ground, and the latest reports suggest Disney has given him the green light to shoot the film in Australia, where some pretty huge tax incentives make it a good deal. However, he reportedly won't be making the film with his Fight Club star Brad Pitt, who reportedly passed on the role last month. Fincher's new top choice is reportedly Channing Tatum, but neither Tatum nor any of the other main contenders are available to shoot the film until possibly as late as 2014, so the project may have to keep idling for the foreseeable future. [The Playlist]


Jurassic Park IV

The fourth Jurassic Park movie, featuring a script from Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, is now supposedly on track for a June 13, 2014 release date, but it will have to get by without one of the franchise's key figures. Longtime series producer Kathleen Kennedy won't be involved with the film, as she's a little busy with the whole "running Lucasfilm" thing. Her husband and fellow producer Frank Marshall confirmed the news on Twitter.


G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and director Jon M. Chu explain what sets this film apart from Stephen Sommers's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

Di Bonaventura: Stephen Sommers is really successful at what he does, that's a particular tone that he had and some people love it. I tend to gravitate towards a more reality-based feeling. When Jon M. Chu first came in, that was the first thin he said: 'I gotta make it more reality-based.

Chu: We don't have laser guns in this, we have physical fights. I wanted to make the G.I. Joe I dreamed of growing up, making it a little bit dirtier, feeling the scratches, feeling the punches. And also asking the question, 'What does it mean to be a hero in this day and age?


And costar Ray Stevenson discusses his character Firefly:

Firefly is ex-Joe, a pyrotechnics expert who decided it'd be more fun on the other side He's kind of homicidal - it's all a bit of a joke to him, blowing up cities.


[Total Film via Comic Book Movie]

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Nancy Callahan actress Jessica Alba describes the long, long road towards reprising her role:

I think like you every six months to a year it was like "We're going to do it, when's the next one coming? Oh yeah, we're going to do it. We're going to do it. We're going to do it." And then at a certain point it was just like OK, I just didn't believe it. It was like "We're going to start in the summer, we're going to start in the fall" but then when we actually got the start date and I was there on the set it was like a dream. I was like, "Am I really here? Are we really here? OK, just making sure." And Jamie [Chung] filmed the day before me and I was like "Are we really doing this?" So yeah, it was surreal and I ran into Rosario [Dawson] and for all of us it's really cool. I got to work with Bruce [Willis] and with Mickey [Rourke] and it's probably one of the best times of my life working on the second. The first was like, open the doors, and this has been, certainly as an artist, the best experience.

It seems even more extreme on this one, but maybe I'm not hearing it right.
It's exactly the same as the first one. I got to work with Mickey this time, which I didn't work with him the first time, even though we were in scenes together, I did my scenes with Robert, so that was nice, to be able to work with Mickey because I've always been a huge fan of his... Well this is- mine is an original story so there wasn't a lot to base it off of, but Frank [Miller] has been drawing. So it's just crazy. It was neat to see their process, Robert and Frank's, and their collaboration and what they inspire from each other and get out of each other and what they're creating. It's really like the 2.0 version of Sin City and it's pretty amazing.




Joss Whedon explains why his Avengers spin-off series, which just wrapped filming on the pilot, has a chance to be something different from what you usually see on TV:

"I'm excited about the show because it's a very hopeful show. It's not about murder, and it's not about crime, and it's not people looking into their own belly buttons. It's about people who are trying to help each other, and that's one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that."


Whedon also says that there will be "not a ton" of familiar actors from Marvel's films popping up on the show, although "there's a little bit of talk of that" about that down the road. The focus is understandably on building up the show's regular cast, which includes Clark Gregg back from apparent death as Agent Phil Coulson and a bunch of new faces:

"Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we've created for the show, and then we'll worry about [the other stuff]."


As for the one other Avengers cast member actually rumored to make a cameo appearance, Whedon says that Cobie Smulders's schedule is so busy that it "will permit very little" involvement as Maria Hill, "but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will." [TV Line]

The Walking Dead

Here's a bunch of clips from next Sunday's episode, "I Ain't a Judas." [Coming Soon]

And here's a couple promo photos for the episode. [SpoilerTV]

Once Upon a Time

Here are some set photos from the filming of episode fifteen, "The Queen Is Dead." [YVR Shoots]


And here's a promo for the episode. A synopsis is below. [KSiteTV]

Upon discovering Cora and Regina's plan to find and take possession of Rumplestiltskin's dagger, Mary Margaret, with the aid of David and Mother Superior, makes it her mission to find it first; and while Mr. Gold continues his quest in New York to reunite with son Bae, Hook devises a plan to rid himself of a crocodile. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, the Blue Fairy offers Snow White an unconventional enchantment that could help save her dying mother, Queen Eva.


The Vampire Diaries

Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Stand By Me."


Star Rachel Nichols previews what to expect from the Canadian time travel show's second season:

As the season progresses, and then season two starts up, Alec is seriously questioning who he becomes, in the future. That's one of the many reasons why it's so interesting for an audience to watch. There really is a character for everyone, and there really is no cut and dry, black and white, good and bad. There is a good side to everything, except for maybe Sonya (Lexa Doig). I'm not really sure she's got a good side. But, there are a lot of questions to be asked. As the season progresses, you start to see what this group was doing and that maybe it wasn't a bad idea. Maybe it was achieved in the wrong way, but maybe what they were trying to do wasn't so bad, after all. And then, that opens up a whole new arena.

Will the show continue to explore whether Kiera's time travel was fated, or if she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Definitely! There's a cliffhanger at the end of season one that speaks exactly to that. It speaks to the fact that maybe this wasn't a mistake. Maybe it wasn't a mistake that they went back 65 years. Maybe it wasn't a mistake that Kiera went with them. Maybe other people came too, and we just don't know it yet. So, those questions certainly aren't answered yet, as far as I can tell, but they are asked. The interesting thing about the show is that people will get answers or partial answers to some questions, but then that will lead to five more questions. That's another thing that I love about the show. It's a snowball effect. And for people who really like to think about stuff and theorize about what's going to happen or what kind of time-space continuum we're working with, it's a very interesting show.

Where are things going with Kiera and both Carlos and Alec?
Neither of them is ever going to turn into a romantic relationship. Alec is like a little brother to Kiera. He might have a technological crush on her, but it's nothing more than that. And then, with Carlos, it's very different. Those two guys keep Kiera sane. Those two relationships, although very different, allow her to be here and face being here and away from her family.


There's a bunch more at the link. [Continuum]

Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.




Not to offend anyone but what is the difference between casting a dwarf to play a character who isn't a dwarf and casting someone in a wheel chair to play...say Superman? Yes, it's a shame you have "shortcomings" and limitations but should people with physical disabilities honestly be given roles just because of some weird pitying obligation to be PC? Isn't that even more discriminatory and patronizing.

Ugh, I can't ride horses that is why I am not given jobs as a jockey. If you aren't right for a part should the entire role be warped to fit you. I mean, I've loved Peter Dinklage since Station Agent and I think he's brilliant in Game of Thrones as Tyrion. Would I feel the same way about his inclusion in the HBO show if he had been cast as Ned Stark? No but somehow I'm supposed to be okay with him playing a 60 year old 5'9" military scientist who doesn't need someone's help to reach a light switch.

But ridiculous casting choices and people shitting on the subject matter goes part and parcel with a FOX X-Men movie, doesn't it? So until they give the rights back to Disney (or they cast Oprah to play Cyclops' teleporting twin sister), make mine Marvel Studios.